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Porsche 1970 914, 1986 944 Turbo, 356 powered Devin race cars at Watkins Glen

Here we have three of the race cars that appeared for sale over at the Watkins Glen vintage festival. Perfect for the weekend wrencher to get sorted out over the winter and go racing next season.

Up first is a 1970 914. This car has been raced for 20 years and the owner says it comes with Porsche Club of America log books. The seller also says the car has been competitive, but I’m not sure that means a whole lot when the advertisement also says that it comes without an engine. Fiberglass body works make the car light. 911 suspension setup will keep it on the road. If you have an extra Porsche engine you aren’t sure what to do with here you go.

Next up I came across an interesting 944 Turbo that ran in the  Escort race series driven by Dereck Bell and Bill Adam. It is a genuine Rothmans sponsored car and claimed as one of only 12 factory built, lightweight, racers for the series. The car is still on the Porsche MSO which is kind of neat and comes with documented history. Owner says the car has been stored for 7+ years, but has new brakes and an engine rebuild. So it sounds like a little sorting and this car is ready to go. Would make quick street/track car.

Then there is this Devin D that, while not German, does come loaded with a Porsche 356 1600 engine and a VW gearbox. Supposedly owned and raced by a Gulf Oil Racing Team mechanic in the 1960s. This one clearly looks like it needs some serious work, but it is a pretty simple proposition if the body work is all there. Devin’s are cool American built racers that will give a new owner a very unique ride. In my opinion these are much nicer than a modern Cobra kit car.

More to come from Watkins Glen in the following days.


One Comment

  1. Richard Herriott
    Richard Herriott November 1, 2010

    I was so surprised to see my car in your blog. We have had do an evaluation of our Devin to prepare it for sale.

    We have some great news, firstly it has a Porsche transmission, and all of the components match this as a Porsche. The body is sound and the odometer showed only 1139 miles. The interior of the body was surprising well preserved and this has basically been untouched, other than driving it from one garage to another for years.

    We have a clear title and the Serial number “DD-7-8” indicates that this is one of the very first series of Devin “D”‘s produced.

    The car was raced in both red original gel coat with black interior and also in Porsche silver with maroon accents. It was originally sold by Bill Devin in March of 1960 and I acquired it in 1973.

    We have a Derrington steering wheel with etched signature by Sterling Moss and shifter has been changed to Hurst spring loaded shifter. The original Porsche parts are included and sundry other parts, badges, instrument that can totally complete the car.

    I propose to offer the car with Jeff Snooks direction on an auction on E-Bay some time this November. I am sure that this base car will make a wonderful vintage car for a loving afficcionado.

    I have earlier had some experiences with Watkins Glen and love the ups and downs and beautiful curves. I’d love to see my Devin done and swooping around the track.

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